Feb. 1, 2014
HOUSTON - Rice's Rachel Moody broke the school record in the 100-yard breaststroke, Karina Wlostowska won the 100-freestyle in convincing form, and the duo each swam on a winning Owl relay to close out the final day of action at the annual Quad Meet Saturday afternoon across town at the University of Houston Natatorium.
Four participating swim teams competed in three dual meets simultaneously over a full two days of events. Rice closed out Saturday's final round by winning the respective meets over crosstown rival Houston by a score of 253-91, and Conference USA foe Tulane 252-89. The Owls were defeated by nationally-ranked LSU, 223-124.
Though just tenths-of-a-second from breaking the school record in the 200-breaststroke on Friday night, Moody would not be denied in the 100 on Saturday. Not only did the Houston native from Memorial High School coast to win over 13 other competitors with a new school record time of 1:01.71, she led a 1-2 Owl finish in the race with teammate Lilly Marrow (1:03.75). Moody also swam the breaststroke leg on Rice's winning 400-medley relay (3:46.77), one of two relay wins on the day.
The Blue & Gray also claimed the 200-freestyle relay (1:34.46) after Wlostowska lifted the Owls from second place into first on the final leg. Wlostowska's anchor leg of the sprint relay capped a solid meet. Earlier in the day the standout from Poland posted a win in the 100-freestyle over a field of 30 entries with a career-best time of 50.21. Senior Kim Steinhouse was third in the race with a season-best 51.31.
Rice had a host solid individual finishes Saturday. Junior Erin Flanigan was second in the 500-freestyle (4:57.44). Senior Chelsea Fong and freshman Marita Sailor were third in the 200-butterfly (2:05.07) and 400-individual medley (4:32.26), respectively.
Complete results from the annual Quad meet, including both days' events, are available at the above link. The Owl swimmers next compete at the Conference USA Championships from Feb. 26 to March 1 in Atlanta, Ga. Rice has won the conference swimming title in two of the last three years.
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